Nickerson State Park, Brewster

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Nickerson State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area of more than located on Cape Cod in Brewster, Massachusetts. The state park's sandy soil and scrub pines surround many kettle ponds which are dependent on groundwater and precipitation. The largest of these are Cliff Pond (the largest at across), Flax Pond, Little Cliff Pond, and Higgins Pond. Ruth Pond, Keeler's Pond, Eel Pond and Triangle Pond provide additional water habitats.HistoryThe land comprising the state park was once part of the estate of Samuel Mayo Nickerson (1830-1914), an area native and Chicago liquor distiller who made a fortune as one of the founding officers of the First National Bank of Chicago. In 1890, Nickerson built Fieldstone Hall on land overlooking Cape Cod Bay, a mile west of the present-day park, to be the home of his son Roland C. Nickerson, Roland's wife Addie, and their three children, Roland Jr., Samuel, and Helen. Fieldstone Hall was lost to fire in 1906, and a larger mansion was built on the same site. That building subsequently became a seminary and is now a major feature of the upscale resort known as Ocean Edge.Shortly after Fieldstone Hall burned down, Roland Nickerson died at age 51, his death at the time being ascribed to his heartache at the loss of his home and personal possessions. His son, Roland Jr., a naval lieutenant, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. In 1934, Addie Nickerson donated that portion of the estate on the south side of Route 6a for use as a "state forest park." It became the Commonwealth's first state park and was named in honor of her late husband and late son.
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  • September 17, 2017
    Locals know all about Nickerson State Park. So they are reluctant to tell out-of-towners about it. But their secret is out. This state-owned, public recreation area covering more than 1,900 acres on i...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    I have only been to Nickerson by bike while on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. I love to detour through the park on the bike trails which meander through a range of scenery- trees, meadow, forests, hills and...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    My family and I spend our vacation in Brewster every summer and always make a trip over to Nickerson state park to go fishing and swimming. Place is beautiful, clean, perfect place. We usually swim at...  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    Inexpensive way to experience cape cod in a wooded setting. Lots of great trails for dogs. Great trout and bass fishing. Beaches get very crowded on hot summer days. Most camping areas have trails right down to the beaches. Bike trail access right by the entrance. Bring bug spray, there's a TON of ticks and mosquitos. Campsites are large for the cape. Bathrooms are a close walk, but can get a bit buggy in the summer.
  • June 6, 2017
    Great park & campground. Many recreation options from hiking & biking trails, to fishing, swimming and boating. There are several kettle ponds to explore and swim and fish in. Clear water with clean sand beaches. Well laid out campsites. Clean restrooms, shower-houses, and even the port-o-potties were well attended.
  • June 16, 2017
    Awesome camping, beautiful pond for swimming, and outstanding location. I highly recommend Nickerson. Watch out for poison ivy and ticks since they are common at most state parks in this region. Use bug spray and avoid plants with three leaves.
  • May 11, 2017
    Very nice park with 3 ponds available for fishing. Lots of trails for hiking. Available camping spots and a beach make this a great place for families. Not too far away from amenities, yet far enough to feel like you're away from the hustle and bustle if the real world.
  • June 30, 2017
    Loved this place. Wish we could have stayed longer. Feels like you are in the mountains of NH or ME. Will be coming back to do a camping trip. Great spot to enjoy both the fresh water and the ocean of Cap Cade.

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